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Terrorism: Court admits confessional statement against Okah

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A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday admitted in evidence the alleged confessional statement made by Obi Nwabueze in the ongoing trial of the alleged mastermind of the Abuja 2010 Independence Day bomb blast.

Obi, the second defendant, allegedly made an extra-judicial statement while in Department of State Services linking Charles Okah to the bomb blast.
He later denied making the statement, saying that it was obtained under duress.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole, while ruling in the application, held that the defendant failed to prove the involuntariness of the statement he made in the DSS custody.

Kolawole said that the statement was earlier admitted in evidence during the trial of Edmond Ibiware.
He said that since the case started none of the defendants complained that they were tortured in the custody.

The judge said the allegation of tortured not only insignificant but self serving.

“It is my decision that the extra-judicial statement made on Oct. 18, 2010 is admissible and hereby marked as exhibit 2D and 2D
The case was adjourned till July 5 (